Jeejabai who had grown up
in immense wealth and comfort became dismayed by this misfortune. However, she made up her
mind and got the help and cop-operation of near relations. She inspired Tukaram, who was
clever in business, to resume business.
Once Jeejabai herself bought some chillies, put them on an ox and sent Tukaram to the
neighbouring village for selling it. Tukaram put down the consignment in the market, tied
the ox to nearby three and became immersed in contemplation of Panduranga. Meanwhile, the
customers appeared and sought the price of chillies. "You are sure to know the
prevailing price in the town, take the chillies at that price." On knowing this
opinion of the ascetic they fought with one another, everyone wishing to purchase it. They
weighed as they pleased and began taking away the chillies. Of those who took the
chillies, some paid for it, some failed to pay. On hearing this a few good people of the
village came forward, recovered the amount and paid it I the ascetic businessman.
When he was returning from the market, on the way, a few unscrupulous persons, on
coming to know that he had money, gave him a brass bracelet describing it as made of gold
and plundered the available money.
Looking at the husband who brought home a brass bracelet, Jeejabai became sad. She
began sobbing with grief. The debt remained unpaid. There was no money for the next
days business. She began worrying. What next?